Now, when I travel, I pick a certain pair of sunglasses based on where I’m going, and how physically demanding the trip might be. This may seem arbitrary, but it is one of the many details I weigh before I head abroad. Recently, I’ve tested several top brands of wooden sunglasses, but very few metal framed sunglasses, so today I wanted to feature the famous Maui Jim brand.
Maui Jim is a hip company that specializes in making high quality sunglasses that are perfect for most destinations. Their frames are strong and well crafted, as are the lenses, which I found to be much more powerful at shading my eyes from especially bright light. Their polarization is top quality, and my eyes are grateful for that. One of their more flashy models is the Freight Trans sunglasses, which are a thin metal and plastic frame, crafted very well for optimum aesthetics, as well as functionality. The Freight Trans lenses are colored a subtle silver and grey at the top and bottom, with a darker blue in the middle of the lens, which provides a striking look and style for onlookers, and a powerful blue-grey-green tone from behind the lens.
The Freight Trans sunglasses by Maui Jim are very high quality, and are versatile enough that they can be used in extreme visual environments as well as for casual use. I find the design to be subtle, classy, manly, and eye catching, with its dark frames, clean look and feel, and the gradient faded lenses that add a bit of color and tone which push this simple design over the top (in a good way. Nay! A great way.). The frames are built strong, retaining the much needed flexibility, while the hardware is sleek and strong, adding a firm foundation for long lasting shades; which, as far as quality goes in this day and age, is a true (and welcome) rarity.
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Article written & Photos by Brandon Scott / Eye & Pen